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Buffalo Bob Smith

Buffalo Bob Smith

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Robert Emil Schmidt (November 27, 1917 – July 30, 1998), nicknamed Buffalo Bob, was the host of the children's show Howdy Doody.

At first the show aired on Saturdays, then on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and finally, five times a week. The final NBC Howdy Doody episode aired in 1960. 

In 1970 and 1971, Smith embarked on a live tour of college campuses. The shows mixed nostalgia with more contemporary humor, such as Buffalo Bob finding a package of Zig Zags (rolling paper) allegedly belonging to Clarabell. One show, on April 4, 1971, was recorded and released as an LP, titled Buffalo Bob Smith Live at Bill Graham's Fillmore East. This photo was shot at the Fillmore East performance.
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